Alfred University Graduate Counseling Program Wins 'Top Value' Ranking
Topcounselingschools.org, an on-line educational ranking service that researches advanced degree counseling programs, has named Alfred University one of the top universities in New York state for “top value” graduate degrees in counseling.
“New York is a treasure trove of employment opportunity that will open the door to satisfying work in … public schools, mental health clinics, hospitals, universities, or even private practice,” the organization notes. “And Alfred University’s graduate counseling program provides “an exceptional opportunity to work more closely with top faculty members.”
In assembling its review of counseling programs, topcounselingschools.org considered only programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP). These programs offer accredited curricula that meet rigorous national standards, according to Kevin Curtin, associate professor and program director of Alfred University’s counseling program. Topcounselingschools.org then ranked its considered programs based on program completions rate, job placement rate, licensing examination pass rate, accreditation length, research productivity and tuition.
In particular, topcounselingschools.org cites Alfred University’s campus-based program in counseling for its emphasis on practical experience and the graduate assistantship program that provides financial support during students’ graduate education.
“These assistantships reduce students’ tuition by 50 percent for less than 10 hours of work per week,” the organization noted. “Coupled with on-location internship and practicum requirements, Alfred’s emphasis on applied education affords students a tremendous advantage when applying for work after graduation.”
“This is a really nice recognition of how quality and value can go hand in hand,” said Curtin. “Our programs have had exceptional pass rates on licensure exams for a number of years, well above the national average. It’s not surprising that our graduates are making significant contributions to the profession.”
Curtin added Alfred University’s campus-based programs in both School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling are accredited by CACREP and lead to a Master of Science Degree in Education and Certification of Advanced Study. Graduates of the program currently work in public and private schools, college counseling centers, substance abuse clinics, private practice and many other settings.
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